Sustainability achievements and initiatives

STARS Gold Rating

In 2021, VCU received a STARS Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. STARS measures sustainability achievements in academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration, and innovation and leadership. 

STARS Gold seal

22 LEED certified buildings

VCU and VCU Health have 22 LEED certified buildings, an independent verification of a building’s green features, allowing for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy and cost-effective buildings.

Facade of ICA at night

Institute for Sustainability Energy and Environment

ISEE's mission is to address the existential threat of climate change by creating sustainable energy systems and sustainable ecologies, while educating students and working with community partners to meet these challenges.

Parking garage with solar panels on the top level

Alternative Transportation Program

The program is designed to reduce single-occupancy vehicles use on campus, decrease the demand for parking, and increase savings for students, employees and the environment. Highlights include RamBikes, unlimited local transportation access via GRTC and more.

Bikes in front a wall with drawings

Developing the ONE VCU Sustainability Plan

Learn about and contribute to the development of the ONE VCU Sustainability Plan that will serve as a comprehensive roadmap for achieving meaningful and impactful environmental sustainability goals at VCU and VCU Health.

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Find out about our programs serving the VCU and Richmond community and how you can get involved. Programs include the community forestry program, gardening program and the Free Store. 

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We're moving!

This summer, VCU Sustainability will relocate to 930 W. Grace Street. Our new location will include a flexible meeting and working space and become the new home of the Free Store and the Ram Pantry

We're hiring summer and fall interns 

VCU Sustainability will offer paid internship opportunities for students interested in contributing to sustainability initiatives at the university. Visit the student internships page to find out about available positions and how to apply.